A crew member has gone overboard from the Jewel of the Seas, according to several crew members on the Royal Caribbean ship who wish to remain anonymous.
Yesterday, the captain of the ship made an announcement that after “search efforts and a thorough investigation” he was sorry to share that a crew member by the first name of “Kristoff” (last name not mentioned) has “gone overboard.” The captain also announved that “local authorities had been informed and the family contacted and was being supported by the company’s care team.”
The crew member was employed on the ship as an electrician from Poland.
The Jewel of the Seas is currently south of Pireas, Greece.
The captain reminded the crew that the company provides counselling through its 24 hour confidential Employee Assistance Program.
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- May 5, 2020 Update: A newspaper in Greece reported that there was substantial delay in realizing that the crew members in question went overboard last Wednesday which delayed a reach for the 27 man until 48 hours later on Friday. In an article titled: What the Jewel of the Seas cameras showed about the 27-year-old sailor – 48 hours later they realized his absence:
“It took more than 48 hours to realize the absence of the 27-year-old sailor, a member of the crew of the cruise ship Jewel of the Seas, which in recent days remains anchored in the sea area off Sounio, near the islet of Agios Georgios.
According to a relevant announcement of the Coast Guard, the 27-year-old was realized that he was not inside the above ship on Friday afternoon. A search of the ship’s closed-circuit camera, which had recorded him jumping into the sea in the early hours of Wednesday, followed.
After informing the Coast Guard, a large operation was launched to locate the 27-year-old, without any result so far.
Preliminary investigation into the incident is being carried out by the Central Port Authority of Lavrio.”
Image credit: Top – Jewel of the Seas – Dave Souza – CC BY-SA 2.5 commons / wikimedia; Whats App – anonymous; map – MarineTraffic.